MISSION AND HISTORY
In The Beginning
The Van Buren United Civic Organization (VBUCO) was organized in 1961. Rev. Paul Walker first recognized the need for an organization to contribute to the growth of the standards of our area. Civic minded persons were contacted and formed this organization and adopted a constitution and By-Laws with its purpose…to promote the general welfare of the public, and stimulate interest in the social, moral and political affairs of the community. The organization shall be non-partisan and non-profit in character. Members of V.B.U.C.O felt the need for a Community Center. A building to house programs to fight enemies such as juvenile delinquency and poverty. A facility to serve the needs of the surrounding area not served by the schools or churches on a year around basis. All residents of all ages in Van Buren County are eligible for membership, and residents of surrounding areas are welcomed to join as associated members.
Located in Covert Township on 34th Ave. On 17 acres just east of M-140. VBUCO became the first senior citizen nutrition site in Van Buren County and currently serves lunch daily.
At this facility one can receive information/assistance with completion of personal forms, agency referrals (food, clothing, heating). We also provide cultural and recreational activities (bingo, sewing, exercise, computer training), transportation support, educational seminars and senior commodity distribution.
VBUCO makes its facility available to community groups and other organizations. Our space is also used for outreach operations, state issued food vouchers, and feeding america. Personal use of the hall is always in demand for parties, weddings, receptions, dances, social affairs and family reunions.
VBUCO is a training site for summer youth, work study students, community service workers, and adult training for private industry.
VBUCO has survived without government revenues. Our major income is from members and friends. Special fund raisers, hall rentals, foundation grants and programs contribute to our source of income.
Our elected officers are not paid, nor do we have paid staff. All service to the organization is on a volunteer basis.
We are a non-profit organization and a partner with United Way.
For The Future
No matter how futuristic and computerized our society may get…the bottom line is ... PEOPLE.
We need each other to carry out the beginning plans and keep the present ones active.
THE VBUCO HAS BEEN A LEADING COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FOR OVER FOUR DECADES AND OUR EXECUTIVE BOARD WILL CONTINUE TO HOLD THE ORGANIZATION TO ITS ORIGINAL OBJECTIVE, THAT IS… TO PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY.
We MUST continue to increase our membership
THE FUTURE INCLUDES:
• *HEALTH SERVICES
• *YOUTH INVOLVMENT
• *BUILDING EXPANSION
• *PROMOTING THE ARTS
• *A DIRECTOR to operate the Center and develop programs beneficial to the needs of the community.
Van Buren United Civic Organization has survived without government revenue. Our major income is from members and friends, special fund raisers, hall rentals, foundation grants and programs. Our elected officers are not paid, nor do we have paid staff. All service to the organization is on a volunteer basis.
Your membership and donations play a vital part to the survival of our
organization. Yearly membership is offered to all Van Buren county residents
at a yearly rate of $20.00 per person.
Membership and donations can be made payable to:
Van Buren United Civic Organization
P.O. Box 123
Covert, Michigan 49043
Barbara James Norman
S. Mae Lucas
Director, Senior LifeLine
Program Coordinator, Senior LifeLine